Free Fresno Bees = print desperation?

This morning before making the drive back to school, I made a quick stop at the grocery store (food is so much cheaper at home than it is on the Central Coast).  Upon exiting the building, a woman was handing out free newspapers. They weren't just any little community flier. We're talking Fresno Bee, which in 2007 had a circulation of 157,546.

"Wait, free?!" I asked the woman. "Yeah," she replied. I thought for a moment.

"That's sad," I said. ("They're getting desperate," I thought) and walked away. I couldn't even bring myself to pick up a free newspaper.